What is this Red Worm...?

What is this “RED WORM” coming out of my Sugar Glider....?

If you wake up one day and all of a sudden there is a long, red, “worm-like” thing hanging out of your adolescent male glider’s genital area – don’t panic – it’s just his penis...

Male Sugar Gliders have what’s called a “bifurcated” penis; which basically means it has two separate “prongs” similar to the tongue of some reptiles. This helps the male fertilize both ovaries in the female – allowing it to produce twin offspring.

sugar glider red worm
sugar glider with red worm

As young male Sugar Gliders begin to enter puberty (starting at anywhere from 8-12 months old), their penis can periodically “stick out” for periods lasting anywhere from a few minutes – to a few days – at a time. This is completely normal, and nothing to be worried about. Eventually, it will go back in on its own.

Neutering the animal will usually eliminate this issue. Although it can be done at any time, if considering neutering, the best time to do it is before the male reaches full sexual maturity.